Welcome to Introduction to Computers!

What is a computer? What does it do? How does it work? These are some of the questions we will ask and answer in this class. We will cover the history of computers, and how they came to be what they are in your life today.

You will better understand how computers acquire, process, store, and deliver all kinds of information. How the operating system creates an interface to allow you access to software on your computer, to the hardware devices you possess, and to networks, which allow you to reach out and touch the rest of the world.

You will better understand how this technology works and how you can control it; what software to use, and how to access it; and what social, legal, and ethical issues are related to it.

Specifically, you will learn better how to use word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database, and graphics editing software, as well as software that allows you to access information on the Internet.

You will find the syllabus and other materials under the Resources menu.

The grading for this class is divided into three basic parts:

  • 40%: Chapter Quizzes
  • 40%: Exams (20% for the Midterm, 20% for the Final)
  • 20%: Two Class Projects (10% each for PowerPoint and Graphics)